Tulsans are open to the possibility of a tax increase to pay for police and fire protection, according to an Oklahoma Poll conducted this week.

Fifty-two percent of the 318 voters surveyed Monday through Wednesday said they would “favor an additional tax dedicated to funding police and fire.” The question did not specify what kind of tax or how much of one.

“If we really need 140-something police, we’re going to have to find a way to fund it,” said poll respondent Stephen Lee. “I guess that would be another city sales tax, but I don’t know what’s practical and what isn’t.”

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  1. The problem is that the people that has these jobs have got by with saying we dont have the money to do our jobs.
    We are already being taxed to pay for these policemen and women.They are going to have to quit complaineing and do the job they are paid to do.When they had the full police force they still complained about not haveing enough help.
    What the taxpayers need to do is insist on these people doing away with the Unions that cant do nothing but scream about more money and want more help.As long as the Unions control these police instead of the people that pays their salarys we are going to have problems.The Unions have done nothing but cause the taxpayers problems and we need to insist that we have control over this POlice Force and Fire Department and send these unions packing,they serve no purpous.


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